ARSENAL face Chelsea tonight in a huge FA Cup final at Wembley.

There’s so much at stake for the Gunners, who as well as going for the world’s oldest trophy are facing the prospect of no European football next season if they lose.

 Arsenal could lift the trophy for the 14th time, more times than any other English team

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Arsenal could lift the trophy for the 14th time, more times than any other English teamCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Chelsea will be looking to seal their ninth FA Cup if they’re able to beat the Gooners during the final, which will be held behind closed doors for the very first time.

The sides faced each other in the 2016/17 final, where Arsenal took the victory, winning 2-1.

 Chelsea go into the game off the back of a Premier League win, with the odds looking similar for both teams

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Chelsea go into the game off the back of a Premier League win, with the odds looking similar for both teamsCredit: Reuters

What time is Arsenal vs Chelsea?

  • Arsenal vs Chelsea kicks off at 5.30pm BST on Saturday, August 1.
  • The match will be played at Wembley as all 138 FA Cup finals have been played there
  • Though for the first time, there will be no fans in attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic.

What TV channel and live stream is Arsenal vs Chelsea on?

  • The match will be shown live on multiple platforms including BBC One, BT Sport 1, BT Sport Extra 1, BT Sport Ultimate and BBC iPlayer.
  • BBC One’s coverage begins at 4.30pm.
  • BT Sport have FA Cup shows across their channels from midday and start their live final coverage at 4.15pm on BT Sport 1.

How can I watch the match for free?

  • The game will be shown live on the BBC and BBC iPlayer for free on any device
  • Alternatively, EE customers can get a FREE three-month BT Sport app trial by texting SPORT to 150. You can then cancel at any time.

Team News

Emi Martinez is due to remain in goal for Arsenal as Bernd Leno is aiming to return to training soon but not soon enough for the final.

Gabriel Martinelli, Shkodran Mustafi, Padlo Mari and Calum Chambers all remain unavailable through injury.

Mesut Ozil will play NO part. The midfielder has spent the last few days in Turkey and is out of contention.

It still remains seen whether Matteo Guendouzi will play; the Frenchman is available but it’s still to be seen as to whether Arteta will put him in the squad.

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N’Golo Kante is racing to return after a thigh injury, so he may come on as a sub.

Billy Gilmour remains unavailable through injury for the Blues and Willian missed Chelsea’s final league game so he may not feature either.

Heads Up

This year the FA Cup will be known as the Heads Up FA Cup Final, with sponsor Emirates donating their title.

FA president Prince William said of the naming: “We’re going to really use the Final as a moment to promote good, positive mental health for everyone.

“It’s quite timely bearing in mind what we’ve all been through with this pandemic. I think there’s going to be, sadly, a lot of repercussions from this in society, not just in football, in terms of people’s mental health. Hopefully the FA Cup can be a bit of a pivot that people can rally around.”

Match Odds

  • Arsenal to win the trophy for the 14th time – 6/5
  • Draw – 12/5
  • Chelsea to lift the cup – 4/7
  • Over 2.5 goals scored – 20/23
  • Both teams to score – 7/10

*All odds correct at time of publication via Ladbrokes



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